Monthly Meeting Archives

At the fall 2014 team in-service, it was requested that our monthly meetings include topic-based presentations and discussions.  Ask and ye shall receive! Below are the archives of the monthly presentations and discussions.


4/21/2015  Samuel Pratsch, Evaluation Specialist- PD&E and Lindsey Day Farnsworth- Community & Regional Food Systems Project, Topic: Community and Regional Food Systems Action Toolkit

Here is a brief description of what Samuel and Lindsey covered:

Please join Samuel Pratsch and Lindsey Day Farnsworth as they present their draft version of an online toolkit designed to support county educators and state specialists engaging in community food systems programming. In the first half of the presentation Samuel and Lindsey will give a brief overview of the toolkit and discuss how it can be used. The second half is devoted to gathering participants feedback and suggestions.


3/24/2015  Madelin Petz and Jeremy Solin, Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education, Topic: Wisconsin Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework

Here is a brief description of what Madelin and Jeremy covered:

Over the past year, the Community Food Systems Team and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) have been developing a Wisconsin Food Systems Education Conceptual Framework. The Framework is being created and designed to support and unite existing efforts, boosting and growing food systems education throughout the state. The Framework is not a curriculum itself, but rather a logically sequenced presentation of foundational food systems concepts. The document will serve as a guide for formal and non-formal educators, whether they are updating existing curricula, creating a new curriculum, or developing community programming for food systems education. Built to enable comprehensive education about food systems, the Framework is ordered sequentially so as to facilitate application at any age or grade level.

We’ll present an overview of the Framework and have time for conversation and feedback on its content. We’ll also discuss the distribution and use of the Framework in existing and future food systems education programs.


2/24/2015  Samuel Pratsch, Evaluation Specialist for Extension Program Development & Evaluation, Topic: Food Systems Evaluation within Extension

Here is a brief description of what Samuel covered:

Samuel Pratsch, Evaluation Specialist, will guide the discussion on evaluation needs that currently exist and how the team can work towards filling those needs. Then, we will talk about how we communicate the results of our CFS programming and whether or not it makes sense to try and communicate an Extension-wide story. Finally, we will brainstorm questions we would like to explore in the 2014 recording results narratives and impact statements.


1/27/2015  Monica Theis, Department of Food Science at UW-Madison, Topic: Food Source to Plate

Here is a brief description of what Monica covered:

Monica will be sharing her thoughts on what it really takes to bring Farm to Table in the context of a variety of social programs.  She will talk mainly about her work with a Food Pantry in Middleton and a wellness program that she did with the UW Police Department.  In a nutshell Monica will talk about practical, emotional, cultural, and philosophical influences in the identification, securing, selection, storage, preparation and enjoyment of food from source to plate.​


11/17/2014  Kristy Seblonka, Center for Land Use Education, Topic: Food systems planning

Here is a brief description of what Kristy covered:

Some communities engage in food system planning in order to forward food system efforts in their areas. Planning allows them to bring a comprehensive set of stakeholders, from different parts of the food system, to the table to build relationships and set shared goals for the future. When done well, planning can mobilize partners and action to address issues that are beyond the scope of one organization, and require collaboration across organizations and counties.

Food system planning also fits well with the collective impact approach that has become of interest to many in WLFN and UW-Extension. Learn more at To quote the article, “Our research shows that successful collective impact initiatives typically have five conditions that together produce true alignment and lead to powerful results: a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support organizations.”

Would it be worthwhile to support regional food system planning in Wisconsin? And if so, who would be best positioned to lead this effort? This will be a joint discussion between UW-Extension’s food systems team and the Wisconsin Local Food Network. The WLFN will provide a little background information about regional food system planning and examples from Iowa.